Ireland is blessed with some of the most beautiful coastal towns in Europe, all waiting to be explored. From dramatic coastlines to quiet turquoise waters, Ireland’s coastal towns provide easy access to the rugged and unspoiled parts of Ireland. You might not get a chance to sunbathe, but Ireland’s coastal towns offer water sports, delicious seafood and world famous Irish bars where live music and great craic are a given.
Dingle, CoUNTY Kerry
Dingle features a beautiful coastline that consists of steep sea cliffs and sandy beaches. It’s the perfect town to visit for fans of the outdoors who will be overwhelmed with activities from hiking to sea angling. If you’re more of an indoor person, then head to one of Dingle’s many pubs for traditional music and a warm welcome.
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Bundoran, CoUNTY Donegal
Bundoran is perhaps now most famous for its growing surf scene, but there are many other qualities that make this coastal town a favourite spot for tourists in summer. Known as Ireland’s country capital, stars like Nathan Carter and Derek Ryan regularly perform in Bundoran.
Holywood, CoUNTY Down
This picturesque town is situated between Bangor and Belfast and is famous for its annual jazz and blues festival, quirky boutiques and great cafes. After a refreshing seaside walk, sample the Dirty Duck Alehouse’s delicious crab claws while you take in awe-inspiring views of the sea.
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Kilkee, CoUNTY Clare
This stunning seaside town is one of the most popular scuba-diving spots in Ireland. If you are planning to make a weekend of your trip, check out our 72-Hour Guide to Clare for inspiration on what to get up to in the area. Give horse-riding on the beach a go, or take a cliffside walk for a truly memorable experience.
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Clifden, CoUNTY Galway
Often described as the ‘Capital of Connemara’, Clifden is one of the most beautiful towns on the West Coast of Ireland. Nestled between the Twelve Bens mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, Clifden is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and is one of the best spots in Ireland for seafood chowder.
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Portrush, CoUNTY Antrim
Portrush is a tourist’s haven in the summer months, with great beaches to walk along, perfect waves for surfing and great entertainment for the family at Barry’s Amusements. Portrush is also conveniently located near the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and the Old Bushmills Distillery. When you have worked up an appetite, head to the Ramore complex for delicious food.
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Carlingford, CoUNTY Lough
Carlingford is a popular spot for those seeking a true Irish coastal escape. This medieval town is perfect for those wanting to get away from it all but also offers adventure for those who seek it. A boat trip on Carlingford Lough is an experience not to be missed, with amazing views of the Cooley Mountains. Carlingford is also famous for it’s lively pubs like Ma Bakers and PJ O’Hares.
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